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The Australian Constitution established a system of government for Australia that has remained largely unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century. However, the identity of the Australian community, the operation of its government and the functioning of its legal system have experienced dramatic changes since that time.

Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Commissioner speaks to Law Reform class

The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Commissioner (and Adelaide University Law Alumni), Alastair McEwin returned to the Adelaide Law School on 12-13 September, some 25 years after graduation, to speak at a topical public event with Professor Melissa De Zwart, ‘Back to the Future: Technology and People with Disability‘ and to speak to the Law School’s Law Reform […]

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Reviewing the brutality of Manus Island

Professor Alex Reilly opens his review of Boochani’s ‘unsparing look at the brutality of Manus Island’  with the following words: “It is a matter of wonder that Behrouz Boochani was able to write No Friend but the Mountains at all. He did so while in Manus prison, using text messages in Farsi on smuggled mobile phones. Egyptian […]

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Temporary Migrant Labour and Unpaid Work in Australia

Associate Professor Joanna Howe , Professor Andrew Stewart and Emirata Professor Rosemary Owens have recently published a timely article in the Sydney Law Review exploring the issue of unpaid work performed by temporary migrants. Abstract: Increasing attention is being given to the exploitation of temporary migrant workers in Australia, especially in relation to wage underpayments and ‘cashback scams’ […]

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The Role of Committees in Rights Protection in Federal and State Parliaments in Australia

In the most recent issue of the University of New South Wales Law Journal, PLPRU members Laura Grenfell and Sarah Moulds examine the role of parliamentary committees in rights protection. Laura and Sarah’s article: offers a snapshot of how Australian parliamentary committees scrutinise Bills for their rights-compliance in circumstances where the political stakes are high […]

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PLPRU hosts Uluru Statement event

On 21 March 2018, more than 200 people came to PLPRU’s event, ‘Understanding the Uluru Statement from the Heart’. After a Welcome to Country from Uncle Lewis O’Brien AO and an introduction from PLPRU Director Alex Reilly, we heard from Tony McAvoy SC, Josie Crawshaw, Dwayne Coulthard, who explained the voice, treaty and truth aspects […]

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PLPRU research on Refugee Women and Work.

Alex Reilly and Joanna Howe with two co-investigators in Psychology and Social Health have secured a grant for $282,802 under the National Research Grants program in the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. The project is titled ‘Refugee women and work: pathways to employment for social inclusion and health and well-being’. The project focuses on employment […]

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Uluru Statement event: Voice, Treaty, and Truth

The Public Law and Policy Research Unit invites you to a public lecture to explain the reform proposals in the Uluru Statement. The proposals were the product of extensive dialogues within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around the nation, and were presented to the Government in October 2017. The speakers for this event are: […]

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Public Law in the Classroom 2018

On 22 February, PLPRU co-hosted the 2018 Public Law in the Classroom Workshop at the University of New South Wales (in conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre). Public law teachers from around Australia as well as New Zealand and the UK gathered together to share insights, tips and challenges. The event was an outstanding […]

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International Humanitarian Law in Action – from Ligertwood to Mosul

There are multiple ways that an Adelaide Law School degree can lead you to pathways you could not fathom when in the Law School. An Adelaide Law School graduate Priya Pavri (and former President of the AULSS) has spent the last 9 months in war torn Iraq dealing with the humanitarian crisis over there.  She […]

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Upcoming seminar: State Tribunals and Federal Jurisdiction

PLPRU members Stephen McDonald and Anna Olijnyk are presenting an upcoming seminar on ‘State Tribunals and Federal Jurisdiction’. The seminar will consider the constitutional issues that arise when State tribunals exercise judicial power in matters identified in ss 75 and 76 of the Constitution. The seminar is offered jointly by the Council of Australasian Tribunals, […]

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